The Makerspace Workshop scheduled for tonight has been cancelled by presenter.   We apologize for the inconvenience.

Wednesday’s Animal Embassy Program Is At St. Luke’s

Wednesday’s Family Program, a presentation by Animal Embassy, will take place at 6:30 p.m. in St. Luke’s Fellowship Hall.  This is the only summer program which will not be held in the Library.  There is plenty of parking in the parking lot by the Hall entrance.  Join us for the show!

July 16 – 20 Programs

Tuesday, July 17 – 10:30 a.m.  Story  Hour for Children in Preschool through Grade 1.  Join us for stories, crafts and snacks.
Tuesday, July 17 – 1 – 3 p.m. for Kids in Grades 3 – 6.  With Kathryn from the Art School of Columbia County, read  “Recuerdo” (I Remember) by Edna St. Vincent Millay.  Create sparkling treasure boxes and write a special memory to tuck inside.  Walk-ins are welcome.
Wednesday, July 18, 6:30 p.m.  Animal Embassy Program, “Nature Rocks,” will take families around the world with a unique group of rescued and adopted animals.  Meet incredible animals, possibly a South American chinchilla, North American Spring Peepers, a Cuban Tree Frog, an African Sulcata Tortoise, a boa from Madagascar or others THIS  PROGRAM TAKES PLACE AT ST. LUKE’S FELLOWSHIP HALL.  THERE IS PLENTY OF PARKING AVAILABLE.
Thursday, July 19 – 1 – 2 p.m.  Anita Sanchez presents “Wild Music: Animal Songs and Calls.”  In addition to joining a frog chorus and taking part in a coyote symphony, participants will get a close-up look at crickets in this hands-on program.


Shake! Rattle! Roll! Planned Program with New Changes.

“Find  your groove, while you make some noise.  When is the last time you shook a rattle?  Model clay to create a one of a kind rattle.  The class is inspired by folk percussion instruments around the world. Multiple projects planned- all with music in mind. Come shake, rattle and roll.  A light snack of apple slices and water will be provided.”  Mary Young

Here’s the revised full scoop on Mary Young’s program, formerly entitled “Rattles.”  CHANGES:

  • NEW TIME: 10 – 12 noon on TUESDAY, JULY 24 and WEDNESDAY, JULY 25  (the days are the same)
  • NEW PROGRAM DETAILS:    Make clay rattles and gourds on Tuesday;  paint rattles and make rain sticks on Wednesday.

Join us for another fun craft workshop with Mary Young who has been conducting workshops at the Valatie Free Library for several years.  Last summer the big project was the trophies.  See photo above.  Workshop is intended for kids 7 and above.  If you have not registered,  call us to reserve a place and to insure that Mary has enough materials for the three projects planned.

Thank You, John Gray

On Saturday, April 21st, the Valatie Free Library hosted John Gray of Channel 10 News who spoke about his children’s book, God Needed a Puppy.  He kept his audience spellbound as he described why he wrote the book, the trials he encountered while trying to publish it and the amazing (to him, but not to his listeners) number of copies sold to date.  Not only did his listeners learn about publishing a book, but they thoroughly enjoyed his very humorous account of adopting his most recent dogs.  The dog lovers in the room, and I think we all were, appreciated his rescue of and giving a home to hard-to-place dogs. It was a very enjoyable afternoon, and all are looking forward to welcoming Mr. Gray and one of his four-legged friends to the Valatie Free Library after the publication of his next book.

Events: 4/9 – 4/13

Monday, April 9th at 7 p.m. –  Book Club meets in the Library to discuss Of Human Bondage by W. Somerset Maugham.  Newcomers are welcome.

Tuesday, April 10th at 10:30 a.m. – Story Hour for preschoolers and parents/caregivers.  Join us for stories, craft, snack.

Wednesday, April 11th from 4:30 to 6:45 p.m. – Bring your computer, laptop, tablet, cell phone problems to the Library.  Heather Lloyd, Lloyd the Geek, will be here to troubleshoot with you.  One slot is still available.  Registration is necessary.

Friday, April 13th at 6:30 p.m. – Paint and Sip!  Call the Library to register.

Annual Photo Exhibition – Sunday, April 8 (2 – 4 p.m.)

Visit the Valatie Senior Center, Williams Street, Valatie on Sunday, April 8th between 2 and 4 p.m. to see the 94 amazing photos submitted to the annual Valatie Free Library Competition.  Winners in the 8 categories will be announced at 3:30 p.m.

Spring Break at Valatie Free Library!

Tuesday, April 3rd– Poetry Day- 12p.m. – 2p.m.
Learn the method of Black Out poetry; create your own haiku and more! Ages 8+
Wednesday, April 4th– Relief Printmaking- 10:30a.m. – 12p.m.
Join Mary Young as she teaches us the method of relief printing. Make several prints using different techniques. Materials include Styrofoam, found objects, and more… Ages 6+
Friday, April 6th– Paint & Sip for Kids- 10:30a.m.-12p.m.
Amy DeWeerd will be reading her new book How a Mother Loves and giving us step by step directions about how to create some cute characters on canvas. Ages 5 to 10

Space is limited. Call the Library to Register (518) 758-9321.

Thank You, Chris Gibson

On Saturday, March 24th, former Congressman and retired United States Army Colonel, Chris Gibson, spoke at the Valatie Free Library  about his vision for a united America.  Following his presentation, he answered questions from the audience and then signed copies of his new book, Rally Point: Five Tasks to Unite the Country and Revitalize the American Dream.  Thank you, Congressman, for giving us much to consider and to discuss:  the intentions of the founding fathers, the responsibilities of the three branches of the government, the Bill of Rights, Amendments to the Constitution.  We appreciate your willingness to meet and to engage in a dialogue with us.

Thank You, Hannaford!

Thank you to Hannaford which chose the Valatie Free Library to be the recipient of part of the proceeds from the sale of  “Create a Little Karma” bags at the Hannaford in Valatie, New York during October.  Thank you also to all who purchased one of the bags.

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